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We want you to get the most out of the conference, and continue growing even after Mass on Saturday. Our Faithlife group and free app help you do this in several ways:

1. Join our Faithlife group to get exclusive conference information and news.

Follow this link and use your Logos account (or easily create one for free) to join a group of conference attendees. Get access to the schedule as a PDF document (in the documents tab) or right in the group (in the calendar tab). Keep an eye out for news and updates in the news tab.

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 2. Carry the Bible in your pocket.

The free Verbum app (for iOS and Android) puts several Bible translations—including the RSVCE—right on your phone or tablet. Use it to follow along with speakers, review the readings before Mass, or simply dive into the Scriptures. And yes, of course you can keep using it after the conference ends.

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For more information on downloading and using the app, continue to this post. Please note that free resources in the mobile app do not transfer to the desktop software.

3. Access conference information on your mobile device.

Once you’ve downloaded the free app and logged in with your Logos account, you’ll see the Faithlife news feed right in your app. It defaults to “My Faithlife,” but you can swipe in that panel to switch to the conference group feed. Keep track of updates and specials, or share your favorite insights from speakers.

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Share right from your mobile device by clicking the “edit” icon.

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You can even access the calendar from your phone to make sure you don’t miss your favorite speaker. Simply click the “expand group” icon and navigate to the calendar tab.

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Verbum returns to the 6th annual Real Catholic Men conference June 15 at St. Pius X parish in Portland.  This year’s theme, “Behold My Beloved Son,” will be explored by Catholic Answers’ director of apologetics and evangelization, Tim Staples, and papal-medal-winning speaker Vernon Robertson.

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St. Joseph, Protector of the Church

Today’s guest post is by Brandon Rappuhn, a Logos marketing copywriter.

St. Joseph and the Christ child 1599What do we really know about St. Joseph?

According to tradition, St. Joseph, the foster father of our Lord Jesus Christ, was born and raised in Bethlehem. He learned the trade of carpentry from his father, just as he would pass that trade on to his foster son, Jesus. Joseph was an honorable and righteous man, who followed the law of Moses for the purpose of serving God and his fellow man (Matthew 1:19). This man of humble stature has had a deep and profound influence on the Catholic Church for the past 2,000 years.

Admittedly, much of what we know of Joseph is speculation, educated guesses, and hearsay. But none of our veneration is without merit. The plain and simple fact that God chose Joseph and Mary to raise, teach, and train the child Jesus attests far more to their character than even the Church assumes. The Church remembers that Joseph is a simple, humble man and that he protected Mary and Jesus when they were vulnerable (Matthew 2:14), but that probably wasn’t the only time Joseph kept Mary and Jesus from harm. He worked with his hands to provide a bed, food, and clothing for the young Jesus—the small, vulnerable child who was (and is) the God of the entire universe.

It is commonly held that Joseph gently passed away of natural causes before Jesus began his public ministry. The Catholic Encyclopedia notes that St. Epiphanius says Joseph died at 90 years of age, and Venerable Bede attests he was buried in the Valley of Josaphat. In any case, Joseph’s mission on earth was completed as Jesus prepared to enter into public ministry, leaving Jesus and Mary to begin a radical movement and new covenant that would change the world.

St. Joseph in the world today

We venerate St. Joseph today as the patron of fathers, workers, and the celibate. Countless parishes, schools, hospitals, and US counties have been named after him. Pope Pius IX devoted himself to St. Joseph and, in 1847, established that his feast day should be honored by the entire Catholic Church. Later, in 1871, the same pope declared that the entire Church should be under his patronage, thus establishing him today as the Church’s protector. Just as God appointed him to protect Jesus and Mary, so does he continue to pray for the protection of the Church Jesus so loves.

When should I expect white smoke?

This is the question on every Catholic’s mind: when will I see white smoke? When will we have a new pope?

I can’t tell you exactly—no one knows precisely when the ballots will be burned—but here are some good times to check the chimney:

 PST  MST  CST  EST  CET (Rome time)
 2:30 AM  3:30 AM  4:30 AM  5:30 AM  10:30 AM
 4:00 AM  5:00 AM  6:00 AM  7:00 AM  12:00 PM (noon)
 9:30 AM  10:30 AM  11:30 PM  12:30 PM  5:30 PM
 11:00 AM  12:00 PM  1:00 PM  2:00 PM  7:00 PM


Time in Rome

The cardinals will cast two votes in the morning—which they will burn at noon—and two in the evening—which they will burn at 7:00 PM (Rome time). This means we will see smoke at noon and 7:00 PM.
If the cardinals do not vote twice in the morning—if their first vote is conclusive—we will see white smoke around 10:30 AM. Similarly, for the evening ballots, we could see white smoke closer to 5:30 PM.

Again, these are only estimates—it never hurts to check more often.

Keep up with the action using the Conclave app.

The Conclave Convenes on March 12—Ten Things You Need to Know

Today’s guest post is by Aric Nesheim, marketing specialist in the Catholic division.

As the papal conclave fast approaches, many are wondering how it actually works. The conclave’s fascinating history shows how malleable the papal-election process can be. Today, the rules and regulations for the papal conclave have been changed and altered by various apostolic constitutions and motu proprios. Here are 10 need-to-know points concerning the upcoming conclave:

1) When the cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel, after the master of the Papel Liturgical Celebrations says “Extra omnes!” (outside, all of you!), no one is allowed to stay save the cardinals themselves. The word “conclave” is actually derived from the Latin cum (“with”) and clavis (“key”), indicating that the cardinals are locked in together until a new pope can be elected.

2) Of the 117 cardinals eligible to vote, Pope Benedict XVI named 67 and Pope John Paul II named 50.

3) Two cardinal electors are not attending: Julius Riyadi Cardinal Darmaatmadja, SJ, archbishop emeritus of Jakarta, Indonesia, and Keith Michael Patrick Cardinal O’Brien, archbishop emeritus of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh, Scotland. This means that of the 117 cardinals able to vote, only 115 will be participating in the conclave.

4) Of the living cardinals, only six were council fathers at the Second Vatican Council (Cardinals Angelini, Arinze, Canestri, Delly, Fernandes de Araújo, and Lourdusamy). However, all are over 80 and thus cannot participate in the conclave.

5) The apostolic constitution Universi Dominici Gregis (“The Lord’s Whole Flock”), issued by Pope John Paul II, stipulates that the conclave must begin 15 to 20 days after the vacancy. However, on February 25, Pope Benedict XVI issued the motu proprio Normas Nonnullas, which states that if the Cardinal Electors have all arrived, the conclave may begin early. As of today, the Vatican is still waiting for five cardinals to begin the conclave process.

6) In another motu proprio, Benedict XVI also changed the way that John Paul II had set up the election of the next pope. The voting process is simple: if the cardinals become deadlocked and cannot get a clear election with a 2/3 majority, they must take a day for prayer and dialogue and then vote for the top two cardinals of the last balloting (though these two may not vote—they have what’s called a vox passiva). Because the number of cardinals is odd, there needs to be a consensus of at least 77 before a pope can be elected.

7) When everyone is out except for the cardinals, the voting begins! The process is carried out in three phases: First, in what’s called the pre-scrutiny, the ballot papers will be distributed, and three groups of three cardinals will be selected to complete various tasks. The first group of cardinals will be selected to be “Scrutineers”—basically those who tally up the ballots. The second group, called “Infirmarii,” will be in charge of placing the ballots of any cardinals who are sick or weak (and thus cannot leave their room) into the voting urn. The third group will consist of “Revisers”—those who check the work of the Scrutineers.

8) Next, the scrutiny portion of the election will begin. Each cardinal will write down whom they wish to be the next pope and proceed to take their ballot to the altar where the three Scrutineers stand. Before a ballot can be cast, each cardinal must recite an oath in Latin that reads in English, “I call as my witness Christ the Lord who will be my judge, that my vote is given to the one who before God I think should be elected.”

9) Finally, after all the ballots have been opened up, the “post-scrutiny” portion of the conclave will begin. The Scrutineers add up the votes and the Revisers double-check them. If no clear election is made, the ballots must be burned and recast, followed by the signaling of dark smoke. If a new pope has been elected, white smoke will rise from the Sistine Chapel followed by the ringing of bells.

10) Whereas the ballots have, in the last century, been placed into a chalice and pyx, this time around there are three “urns” in which they are placed. The first urn is for normal voting, the second will be used only if there are cardinals who cannot leave their rooms due to illness, and the third will be used to gather the ballots after the scrutiny—right before they are burned to produce either the white or the black smoke above the Sistine Chapel.

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Conclave keeps the information you need at your fingertips, and organizes it clearly and simply.

- Be among the first to see the white smoke rise—watch the live video feed from St. Peter’s Square.
- Learn about the cardinals in the conclave—115 electors, and 1 future pope.
- Read the official documents instating, defining, and amending the conclave’s process.
- Follow key Catholic sources and authorities like The National Catholic Register and Jimmy Akin.
- See what Twitter has to say about the conclave.

Conclave brings you the news you want when you want it.

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Parrhesia and Boldness in Prayer

Today’s guest post is by Isaiah Hoogendyk, language editor for the content innovation department.

I have previously written articles discussing new or existing features in the desktop version of Verbum. Today I’d like to talk about the surprising power of the Verbum iOS app for iPhone and iPod touch (with parenthetical Android notes).

A couple of months ago, I was attending the fourth class of the Catechetical Certification Program, and I learned about a Greek word that’s used in the New Testament and mentioned in the Catechism: parrhesia (keep reading if you want to know how this word is pronounced). Because it’s actually transliterated Greek, I was curious if I could easily figure out the original Greek word behind parrhesia. From there, could I also learn about its meaning and usage in the New Testament, or where it’s used in the Catechism? Furthermore, could I do all this from my Verbum app?


First, I started by typing the word in the search box. The top two hits indicate that the original Greek is παρρησία. The second hit is one that should come up for anyone with the Verbum Scripture Study and above base package. “TLNT” stands for the Theological Lexicon of the New Testament, an excellent resource for doing original-language studies of the Scriptures, especially if you want to learn more about the history of a word’s usage, both in and out of the Bible. But importantly, it transliterates the Greek and Hebrew, so there’s no need to be proficient in those original languages.

After selecting that hit, I went back a page to find the beginning of the entry.  Here, I tapped and held “παρρησία” and then selected the “Look Up” (“Info” on Android) button.

After tapping “Look Up,” I tapped the button to jumpstart a Bible Word Study on “παρρησία.”


Here I can easily learn the meaning of parrhesia: “confidence.” (I can also get a quick pronunciation by tapping the speaker icon next to the word: “par-ray-see-uh.”)


Scrolling down, I find a colorful graphic that shows the different ways the Greek word is translated in the RSVCE. Tapping the reddish section shows the passages that translate παρρησία as “bold, boldly, boldness,” including how the apostles Peter and John had parrhesia when healing a cripple at the Temple gate and subsequently preaching the Gospel.


The last task I wanted to accomplish was to find this word in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Back in the Search panel, my 10th hit (I. “We Dare to Say”—CCC) points to a wonderful paragraph on the Lord’s Prayer:

This power of the Spirit who introduces us to the Lord’s Prayer is expressed in the liturgies of East and of West by the beautiful, characteristically Christian expression: parrhesia, straightforward simplicity, filial trust, joyous assurance, humble boldness, the certainty of being loved. (CCC 2778)

This is in reference to the priest’s prayer in Mass before saying the Our Father: “At the Savior’s command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say . . .”

And so, during this Lenten season, during which we are called not only to fast and give to the needy, but also to pray, let us dare to call God “Abba Father,” knowing that he provides for our every need, and that he loves each one of us and calls us his children. With this parrhesia, let us “draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need,” as it says in Hebrew 4:16. And may we, with all παρρησία, be living witnesses of the Good News of Jesus Christ, in a world that so desperately needs a Savior.

Lenten Feature from Steve Ray

Today’s guest post is by Steve Ray, author, apologist, and leader of Catholic pilgrimages.

Forty days in the wilderness; forty days of Lent. We are now embarking on the adventure we’ve called Lent since the early centuries of the Church. It may not be fun, but if our spirit is right, it can be exciting and rewarding. We may even lose a few pounds.

Jesus left the opulence and religiosity of Jerusalem and the Jewish community in Galilee to embark on a Lent of his own. He suffered the rugged harshness of the wilderness for forty days and forty nights. He gave up the comforts of societal life and walked among the rocks. I’ve been in that Judean wilderness more times than I can count, and I know the environment he subjected himself to.

Moses had been tending sheep for forty years in the wilderness of Sinai before he encountered the burning bush and heard the word of God. By the way, that is why Our Blessed Mother is referred to as the fulfillment of the Burning Bush—the word of God came out from her. Those years in the wilderness prepared Moses for the tough task awaiting him. He was pushed to his limit, he talked with God, and his character was formed by the desert.

Even today, the Bedouins and religious monks that take up habitation in the solitary, austere deserts have an inner serenity lacking in those busting through the streets of the city. The desert is the place to meet God, to discover our smallness and dependence. The wilderness is where God can reach us in the silence, where we are not assaulted by the cacophony of sounds and demands of modern life.

The Devil knew about the loneliness of the desert, too. That is why he purposely tempted Jesus when he was hungry, thirsty, tired and alone. When I take my pilgrims to the Holy Land, I show them the places the Devil appeared. He came at the point Jesus was the weakest. He even came quoting Scripture. He does that, you know—he is known to appear as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He will not fail to whisper in our ears at the moment of weakness.

How did Jesus respond? All three times Jesus refuted Satan with the words, “It is written!” He quoted from Scripture. It was his weapon, his two-edged sword. Jesus knew Scripture.

We are embarking on our own forty days of denying ourselves, but not denying only. We should also be adding things to our life to deepen our knowledge of God and his Word. Adding a few extra Masses during the week, being more generous with our time and treasures. We should spend a bit more time in prayer and spiritual reading. We should be prepared for temptation and be well armed with the Word of God.

This is also the Year of Faith. I’ve made it my goal to read the Catechism of the Catholic Church from cover to cover this year. I’m also reading the Bible through in two years. I’ve tried it before, but fell flat on my proverbial face. This time I have a plan. I’m using Logos Bible Software, specifically the Catholic version, called Verbum. There is a marvelous program embedded in Verbum to assist in the daily reading of not only the Bible, but also the Catechism and any other book in the Verbum software library.

Just choose the book you want to read, set the parameters (for me it was the Catechism in one year), and it will automatically organize it for you with daily reminders, jumping right to place for today’s reading. Ah, but what if I don’t have time at my computer every day? No problem; Verbum synchronizes across platforms, so I can whip out my iPhone (or any such device) and instantly read today’s paragraphs while waiting at the dentist, during lunch, while taking a walk, in a taxi, or after I turn out the lights at night.

Scripture in my hand! What would Sts. Jerome, Augustine, and Aquinas have thought of that? They tugged around great tomes and scrolls. I have 6,000 books and resources in the palm of my hand. Verbum is on my computer, laptop, iPad and iPhone. I want the Word of God to be like a sword I can draw at a moment’s notice.

People have joked, “Steve probably never opens his Bible anymore, now that he is a Catholic!” I chuckle and say, “You are correct. I haven’t opened a Bible in a long time.”

But I have opened Verbum across my platforms, and I study the Bible more—and more efficiently than ever before. Actually, I thought I loved the Bible as a Baptist, but I love it a hundred times more now that I’ve discovered that it is a Catholic book.

Enjoy Lent! Dive into the adventure and keep Verbum at the heart of it all—not just for forty days, but for the rest of your life.

Steve Ray

Editor’s note: Pre-order Steve Ray’s books in Logos format here.

Blessed Fra Angelico’s Feast Day

Guido di Pietro was born circa 1395 and became a Dominican friar in 1417, taking the name Fra Giovanni da Fiesole. He earned the nicknames il Beato Angelico, “Blessed Angelic One,” and his common English name: Fra Angelico, which means “Angelic Brother.”

Even before he became a friar, Fra Angelico was a talented painter; after he entered the religious order, he traveled to and from Rome painting altarpieces and frescoes in papal chapels and his own respective friaries.

His range of audiences can be detected in the different colors used. The frescoes in the convent of Fiesole encourage meditation in simple colors, while the papal paintings tend toward brilliance and gold. Throughout his works, however, one finds a theme of humility and piety. His paintings consistently depict sincerity and gentleness.

Giorgio Vasari, famous for his biographies of Renaissance artists, declares, “In their bearing and expression, the saints painted by Fra Angelico come nearer to the truth than the figures done by any other artist.”

He died in Rome in 1455. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on October 3, 1982, and declared patron of Catholic artists in 1984.

William Michael Rossetti, a major contributor to the 1911 edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica, wrote of Fra Angelico,

From various accounts of Fra Angelico’s life, it is possible to gain some sense of why he was deserving of canonization. He led the devout and ascetic life of a Dominican friar, and never rose above that rank; he followed the dictates of the order in caring for the poor; he was always good-humored. All of his many paintings were of divine subjects, and it seems that he never altered or retouched them, perhaps from a religious conviction that, because his paintings were divinely inspired, they should retain their original form. He was wont to say that he who illustrates the acts of Christ should be with Christ. It is averred that he never handled a brush without fervent prayer and he wept when he painted a Crucifixion.

Ashes to Ashes

Today’s guest post is by Brandon Rappuhn, a Logos marketing copywriter.

For the fate of humans and the fate of animals is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and humans have no advantage over the animals; for all is vanity. All go to one place; all are from the dust, and all turn to dust again. (Ecclesiastes 3:19–20)

It is prudent to remember that we are only made of flesh and blood. The flesh and blood of Adam was formed out of the dust of the earth (Gen. 2:7), and when we die, our bodies go back into the ground and become dust again. How often do we consider our own inevitable death? I confess that I keep myself too busy in my daily life to slow down and really consider life, death, heaven, and hell.[i] In a very clever and symbolic way, the Church has developed Ash Wednesday and Lent to reorient ourselves toward our eternal goal.

Repentance is the key to the proper orientation of the heart and the first step on the long road to heaven. Turning away from the ways of sin and toward Jesus and the Cross is the aim of the season—and so from repentance (the attitude of the heart) we get penance (the physical practice of repentance). Lent is a season of penance, which we enter through the doors of Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday began as a public penance some 14 centuries ago. Originally, the penitent would appear barefoot and humbly dressed at the doors to the church. The penitent would then be clad in sackcloth and brought before the bishop, who would make their penances known publicly and would put ashes upon his head. As the centuries went by, the practice gradually became more universal to all Catholics.

Today, we use the ashes from the burned remains of the palm branches from Palm Sunday. Jesus was glorified by the use of palm branches in his triumphant entry into Jerusalem in the days leading up to his crucifixion. The ashes of the palms show us that we cannot gain victory over sin and death except by repentance and humility. Memento, homo, quia pulvis es, et in pulverem reverteris . . .

May we all remember on this somber day our origins and our destination. Today we begin Lent—40 days that represent a tenth (or a tithe) of our calendar year, which we offer up in repentance for our sins and penance that we may never sin again. This season, I encourage you to daily consider to what end sin leads, and to what end faith brings you—and to pray with me that Christ brings us there.

[i] I may have to eat my own words. At the time I am writing this, my morning readings from St. Francis de Sales’ Introduction to the Devout Life directed me to contemplate the final judgment, heaven, and hell.

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